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SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder

Last updated on Wednesday, December 26, 2018

(UNDATED) - When the weather gets colder and there’s less sunlight, do you start to feel sad or sluggish?

You might have Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD.


Learn about the signs and symptoms, risk factors, and what to ask your doctor.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons, typically starting in the late fall and early winter and going away during the spring and summer. Depressive episodes linked to the summer can occur but are much less common than winter episodes of SAD.

Symptoms of the Winter Pattern of SAD include:

Symptoms of the less frequently occurring summer seasonal affective disorder include:

Attributes that may increase your risk of SAD include:

The causes of SAD are unknown, but research has found some biological clues:

There are four major types of treatment for SAD:

These may be used alone or in combination.

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